Earning their own money, making new friends, gaining valuable work experience and having fun are a few of the many positive reasons for a teenager to enter the workforce. However, young people should not lose sight of their own safety, whether they are working in a restaurant, as a life guard, in retail or on a paper route.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), states that a U.S. teen is injured on the job every nine minutes. In 2010, 88 teens between the ages of 13 and 19 were killed on the job, and in 2009, more than 26,500 between the ages of 15 and 17 sustained injuries serious enough to send them to the emergency room.

The ASSE ‘Target Teen Work Safety Tool Kit’ is an informative and interactive tool kit designed to provide information on what questions to ask, what current youth labor laws are, the most frequent types of injuries and tips for teens to stay safe on the job. Users may download or print the components of the kit and use all or part of the materials for presentation or distribution.

If you have any questions, please contact ASSE’s Public Relations team at PR@asse.org.

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